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Undead Dragons are minibosses in Dark Souls.


One Undead Dragon hangs off a cliff in the Valley of the Drakes, and another rests on a bridge in the Painted World of Ariamis.


Undead Dragons are the remains of what was once a true dragon. They retain some draconic characteristics, but are heavily decomposed. They have no eyes, their wings prove useless, and their hindquarters detach easily.

In addition to their bite and claw attacks, their mouths can disgorge a Toxic substance.


The Undead Dragon in the Valley of Drakes only attacks if one ventures too close to its front. Two of the items it guards — the Astora's Straight Sword and a Soul of a Proud Knight — can be safely looted if care is taken, but it will awaken if the corpse with the Dragon Crest Shield is reached (the closest one between its head and right claw). It can be safely dispatched from afar with pyromancies, sorceries, or arrows. It is also possible to use melee attacks to kill it with good timing.

The second Undead Dragon blocks the way to Priscilla the Crossbreed in the Painted World of Ariamis. When approached, it will charge forwards and possibly trample the player to death. Once in its final position, similar strategies to those above can be used to eliminate it.


  • After killing the Undead Dragon in the Painted World of Ariamis, its bottom half remains on the bridge, blocking a shortcut to Crossbreed Priscilla. Although one could activate the switch in the sewers to take the long way, performing a jumping attack on the bottom half causes them to stand up, letting one pass underneath.
  • The Bounding Demons in Lost Izalith closely resemble the bottom halves of Undead Dragons, although they behave very differently: the legs in the Painted World are completely passive, and the legs in the Valley of Drakes fall into the gorge when its top half is awakened.

Enemy Information[]

Health and Souls[]

Location Health Souls
Valley of Drakes 3,480 5,881 3,000 9,000
Painted World of Ariamis 3,957 6,212 5,000 10,000


Respawn No
Backstab No
Damage Types Regular / Strike / Toxic
Abilities Area of effect Toxic breath.


Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Toxic Surge 283 Regular Toxic: 30 No Both Medium
Claw Slam 830 Strike None No Neither Slow
Head Bite 881 Strike None No Neither Medium
Claw Swipe 818 Strike None No Both Slow


Location Physical Defenses Elemental Defenses Resistances
Regular Defense Strike Defense Slash Defense Thrust Defense Magic Defense Fire Defense Lightning Defense Poison Toxic Bleed
Valley of Drakes 177 177 177 177 140 73 73 S S C
Painted World of Ariamis 204 204 204 204 164 82 82 S S C

These stats are sourced from FuturePress's Official Dark Souls Strategy Guide.


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  • It's unclear why these dragons are undead, as the Curse of the Undead normally affects only humans. They may be "survivors" of the war against the Everlasting Dragons, reanimated unintentionally by Nito's deadly plague, or kept "alive" by Dragons' inborn vitality.